SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Police unions and other law enforcement organizations went into overdrive to thwart a measure that would have added California to the majority of states that can end the careers of officers with troubled histories. It failed as lawmakers scrambled to wrap up their work, and while the nation's most populous state still has no way to permanently remove problematic officers, a number of other police reforms passed.With lobbyists and lawmakers mostly isolated by the coronavirus pandemic, it became a battle of phone calls, colorful graphics and Instagram posts from law enforcement organizations to counter celebrity tweets pushing lawmakers to rein in police brutality after the death of George Floyd last May in Minneapolis and the shooting of Jacob Blake last week in Kenosha, Wisconsin."We ended up, for lack of a better term, playing a game of whack-a-mole,” Tom Saggau, a spokesman for police unions in Los Angeles and San Francisco, said of law enforcement efforts to counter support for what he called a deeply flawed proposal.Even intervention from Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom wasn't enough to rescue the measure that died without a vote before the legislative session ended early Tuesday. It failed hours after Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies fatally shot Dijon Kizzee after the Black man dropped a a bundle that included a gun.The legislation would have created a way to permanently strip badges from officers who commit serious misconduct. Law enforcement groups successfully argued that the proposed system would be biased and lack basic due process protections.Proposals to reveal more police misconduct records, require officers to intervene if they witness excessive use of force, and limit their use of rubber bullets and tear gas against peaceful protesters also died without final votes.Lawmakers, however, sent Newsom measures to ban choke holds and other neck restraints, require the state attorney general to investigate fatal police shootings of unarmed civilians, and increase oversight of county sheriffs, among other changes.“To ignore the thousands of voices calling for meaningful police reform is insulting,” Democratic Sen. Steven Bradford, who is Black, said after his legislation on removing officers failed. "Today, Californians were once again let down by those who were meant to represent them.”Five states have no way of decertifying police officers who commit misconduct — California, Hawaii, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.Removing California from that list was a top priority of the California Legislative Black Caucus and had support from hundreds of entertainers, including Rihanna, Mariah Carey and Robert De Niro. Kim Kardashian West caused a stir with a late tweet backing the measure Monday.Law enforcement organizations and unions insist they also want a way to permanently remove troubled officers so they can't simply move from one department to another.The California Police Chiefs Association and a separate coalition of eight Black police chiefs in June called for stripping officers' training certifications following due process proceedings if they break the law or have a history of egregious misconduct.The Los Angeles Police Protective League and San Francisco Police Officers Association, which together represent 12,000 officers, on Tuesday reiterated their willingness to negotiate “a fair, reasonable and workable decertification process.”Their main complaint with Bradford’s bill was the makeup of a proposed nine-member disciplinary panel to consider if officers’ conduct is enough to end their careers. Six of the nine members would be required to have backgrounds opposing police misconduct, while the remaining three would represent law enforcement.The opponents said that would make the board inherently biased against officers, while Bradford said the mix was needed to restore community trust in police and the disciplinary process.Law enforcement organizations offered alternative wording, and Newsom's office weighed in with proposed amendments that Saggau, the police union spokesman, said “would have made it more palatable, more reasonable.”Bradford rejected those but accepted 40 other changes by Saggau's count.“Rejecting some compromise language from the governor, but accepting 40 amendments that drove a wedge further with law enforcement, we think that’s what derailed the measure,” he said.Bradford declined an interview request Tuesday, but Saggau and Brian Marvel, president of the rank-and-file Peace Officers Research Association of California, said Bradford hurt his bill's chances by refusing to talk with law enforcement officials.“When you’re changing a profession, and you don’t talk to the people it’s actually affecting, I think good leaders stand up and say that’s probably not a fair process," Marvel said.The lobbying was so intense that Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon set up a special voicemail on his office phone to field comments.“l think there were a lot of concerns, even with some of our allies,” said Rendon, who supported the legislation.He said lawmakers have bucked the police lobby in the past, but the measure also ran into opposition from organized labour.Bradford said he intends to try again next year, and Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins said more work is to be done on several of the policing measures that failed this year.“Clearly some colleagues felt like there needed to be more conversation, more discussion,” she said, adding that “I think it is our job to make sure we keep the momentum and the conversation happening.”____Associated Press writers Adam Beam and Kathleen Ronayne contributed to this story.Don Thompson, The Associated Press
Warning: This story contains offensive language.The Osoyoos Indian Band (OIB) is considering fencing off its reserve land east of Osoyoos Lake, B.C., after a First Nations pictograph was defaced with graffiti.A band security patrol officer found the graffiti on the rock painting at Rattlesnake Point on Saturday. The doodles, in black spray paint, include offensive language: "F--kin ch-g sh-t" and "F--k this dirty rez."Vandalism occurs on Indigenous rock sites across Canada, but has been rare, said University of Victoria anthropology instructor Chris Arnett, who studies archeology in the B.C. Interior and other B.C. regions.Arnett was first introduced to the Osoyoos pictographs by a band member about 40 years ago."It probably represents something from the very ancient mythological tribe," Arnett said about the historical significance of the Osoyoos Indian Band rock art site. "They [the pictographs] have been known for hundreds, if not thousands of years."Osoyoos Indian Band Chief Clarence Louie said he's upset by the vandalism committed by what he calls a "racist criminal." "In the Okanagan [we] got some very bad racist people around us here," Louie told Sarah Penton, host of CBC's Radio West. "They need to be punished big time."Osoyoos Indian Band Coun. Nathan McGinnis said the council will consult with elders and the community about their next steps to protect the heritage site. He said the OIB reserve, surrounded by fences, would look like it's been "handcuffed" but closing the site from public access seems the only option to prevent vandalism."If our elders are OK with it, I'm 100 per cent for it, because we can't have this [act of vandalism happening] again."But Arnett doesn't want the reserve land to be fenced off since the provincial government already has one of North America's most stringent heritage preservation regulations to deter people from trespassing and damaging First Nations properties. The anthropologist said education about Indigenous cultures is important to prevent vandalism from happening again, especially when the population of the B.C. Interior is growing. Many newcomers to the region may not know the significance of the archeological sites."They [local schools] should have courses on Indigenous peoples and knowledge and history, starting in kindergarten," said Arnett.He believes spray paint isn't as strong as colouring used for Native paintings and will eventually fade away.McGinnis said even in the best case scenario, with advanced cleaning technology, the graffiti could still look like a blur on the rock."Whenever you see that site, you'll see a little bit of a blur there, and you'll remember what happened," said Louie.In an emailed statement to CBC, RCMP say the Osoyoos RCMP has initiated an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident and will reach out to Louie to start the investigative process. It asks anyone with any information about the vandalism on the Osoyoos pictograph to contact the Osoyoos RCMP at 250-495-7236.
VICTORIA — An outbreak of COVID-19 in British Columbia's Nass Valley has prompted an alert from the Northern and First Nations health authorities.The warning goes out to anyone who attended gatherings between Aug. 21 and 25 in the valley. A statement from the Nisga'a government says all those who attended a memorial, funeral or settlement feast need to contact their community clinic.A joint statement Tuesday from Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says there have been 58 new cases of COVID-19 for a total of 5,848 cases.There has been one additional death, while 4,505 people who tested positive have recovered. Since the pandemic began, 209 people have died.The government also announced it is extending the provincial state of emergency until the end of the day on Sept. 15, which allows Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth to use extraordinary powers in response to the pandemic.Premier John Horgan says in a statement that while the majority of people are following rules to stop the spread of COVID-19, a small number are ignoring orders."This pandemic is not over, and whether it's an end-of-summer gathering or hockey celebration, this is not the time to bend or break the rules. To those few who are not complying, there will be consequences."Ten tickets have been issued since the government gave authorities the ability to issue $2,000 tickets for violating the provincial health officer's orders on gatherings, the statement says.Six of those were for $2,000 related to gatherings and events, while four were issued to individuals for $200 each.Dix says the province is almost back to its regular timelines for surgery after completing about 66 per cent of the more than 17,000 procedures that were postponed at the start of the pandemic. The government says in a news release that it's working with staff, unions and others to determine the best way to extend daily hours and open operating rooms on the weekends.The government has hired more anesthesiologists, nurses and medical technicians to help accelerate the process.Dix says that's why it's so important to keep the infection rate low. "Right now, perhaps more than at any other time in our B.C. pandemic, we're counting on each other to stop the spread of COVID-19," he says in the release. "And the remarkable British Columbians involved in surgical renewal and getting patients the surgeries they need are counting on us to do our work, so they can continue to do theirs."This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 1, 2020.The Canadian Press
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, 34-year-old Azadeh Dastmalchi found a new function for her existing work on a medical-grade smartwatch to detect and monitor for early virus symptoms.
An Indigenous leader from Haida Gwaii, B.C., says mysterious white lines he saw on a local beach are naturally created, but a scientist affiliated with the federal government is skeptical.On Monday, Billy Yovanovich, chief councillor of Skidegate Band Council, posted several photos on Facebook showing some unusual grid lines formed by broken seashells that he observed Saturday on a beach on Lina Island."There were about 47 squares that were still visible on one row," Yovanovich said. He estimates the squares were about seven feet long (more than two metres) and four feet wide (about 1.2 metres.)The councillor said he had never seen lines of crushed shells vertical to the shoreline, but he believes it is a natural occurrence."There's no way a person or people went there and arranged them like that," Yovanovich told Carolina De Ryk, host of CBC's Daybreak North. He said the rectangular patterns could be formed by what he calls "square waves." "And some of our elders have said the supernatural beings may have had a hand in that," the councillor said.Richard Thomson, research scientist with the Institute of Ocean Sciences operated by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, is unconvinced that the straight-line pattern on a beach in the remote archipelago off B.C.'s North Coast is a natural phenomenon. They may have been made by someone playing a joke or trying to spark controversy, he said."It looks to me like somebody is drawing with a bunch of sticks and made some grooves in the beach ... and then came along with a bunch of shells they must have collected, and then filled in the grooves to make this criss-cross pattern," said Thomson after seeing Yovanovich's photos.The scientist said the horizontal lines parallel to the shore could be formed from ocean waves flowing in and out, but the lines vertical to the shore look "man-made.""You would have to have Mother Nature acting on a very regular basis to move all of these materials around to produce such a regular pattern. You'd have to have a very special beach."Thomson said Yovanovich would need to conduct a research project investigating the beach's geological structure, tidal movement and debris composition.
Seventy-one-year-old Dan Kelly says he was in disbelief when he left the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria three hours after a total hip replacement."I did a little jig right after I got off the bed," he recounted. "I walked about 30 feet to the bathroom. That was just an hour after my surgery. It was unbelievable."By noon he felt good enough to go home.Kelly is one of eight trial patients who've had hip or knee replacement surgery under Island Health's new Victoria Enhanced Recovery Arthroplasty (VERA) program, over the past year. Lead orthopedic surgeon Dr. Duncan Jacks says hip and knee replacements are in high demand, and the program involves a new way of controlling pain and anesthesia before, during and after surgery, to drastically improve patient recovery. Under the new protocols, patients are given a number of medications before their operation "to target all the different pain pathways ... before the pain sets in," said Jacks. Patients are also injected with anesthetic into the epidural space outside the spinal fluid, rather than into the fluid directly, "allowing the patient's motor-function to recover almost immediately." Jacks said his team is also trying to minimize soft tissue damage through different cutting techniques, and is using specialized sutures and dressing materials to minimize drainage from surgical wounds.Together, these procedural changes have produced amazing outcomes for patients, Jacks said, adding that they'd traditionally feel nauseous, groggy and dizzy, and would have to stay in the hospital for up to a few days post-operation.Kelly, who had his first hip replacement using the old method, said his first surgery was painful, he was kept in the hospital overnight, and he wasn't able to move his leg properly for a couple weeks. Under the new program, Kelly was told to treat his leg "as normal." "That night, I slept on the side of the hip they operated on. In the morning, I walked out onto my deck, had a coffee, and didn't even feel like I had an operation," he said. Surgical methods from MontrealJacks said he's adapted his methods from Quebec surgeon and clinical researcher Pascal-André Vendittoli, after learning about them during an orthopedic conference a couple years ago. Jacks then arranged for his team to meet Vendittoli in an operating room in Montreal, in December 2018, to observe a procedure."I was blown away by how fast these patients were mobilizing," he said. "One of the most frustrating things as a surgeon is to see your patients struggling after a big operation ... but it doesn't have to be that way."Vendittoli, who works at the Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital in Montreal, said he developed his surgical method based off of Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) principles, which originated in Denmark, and have been used in various hospitals across Canada for the past five years.Vendittoli said his hospital was the "first to do [same-day] joint replacement surgery with ERAS principles" in 2016. Since then, his team has trained 18 other Canadian medical teams, including in surgical units in Kelowna, B.C., Alberta, Ontario, New Brunswick and Quebec. Jacks to expand program to other surgeriesIn Victoria, Jacks said the new protocols will meet the increasing demand for joint replacements, and will cut costs for the hospital and patients, due to less time spent in recovery.Jacks says he hopes to expand his program to other types of surgery, and has formed a committee of nurses, pharmacists, physiotherapists and other health professionals, to develop a "fully-fledged, standardized protocol" for Island Health.He said he's already performed operations on two more patients this summer, and all 10 patients have left the hospital on the same day as their surgeries, without complications.
COVID-19 cases disrupted the reopening of two Alberta schools on Tuesday, but Premier Jason Kenney said his government has accepted that such infections are inevitable and don't warrant closing down all classrooms."We've always said that there will be infections in the schools ... that's why we've put in place a number of protocols based on the scientific advice of our chief medical officer of health in consultation with superintendents and school boards," he said."We believe it's a strong plan and we'll make future adjustments as necessary. We're all learning through this as we go."Meadows Ridge School in Okotoks, south of Calgary, did not open as planned after a staff member was diagnosed with COVID-19.Principal Rebecca Forchuk and Foothills School Division Supt. Chris Fuzessy wrote in a letter Monday that the staff member was last in the school at noon on Friday and that symptoms began that evening. Officials learned of the positive test result at 6 p.m. Monday."While Alberta Health Services has indicated the school is safe to remain open, due to the late hour and to allow public health time to complete their contact tracing, we are delaying the start of school for some Meadow Ridge families," they wrote.Contact tracing was complete by 10:30 p.m., said school division spokeswoman Candace Denison.The school said it would inform parents whose children were to start classes Tuesday of new staggered entry dates.At another school in Okotoks, children burst out of the doors Tuesday afternoon and many immediately tore off their masks.Dora Helli was picking up her daughter, who's in Grade 4, and her son, who just started kindergarten, at Westmount School. She heard about the closure at Meadow Ridge, she said, but it didn't make her hesitate about sending her kids back to class."My kids were really excited. It was a long break but they were ready to come back and see their friends," she said."It's time to go back to some kind of normal."Canyon Meadows School in Calgary opened as planned, but the principal, assistant principal and administrative secretary were forced into a 14-day quarantine after someone at the school tested positive for the novel coronavirus.In a letter to parents, principal Bobbie Schmidt said it's believed exposure happened a week ago and that a retired, experienced principal would be on site while the others isolate. Alberta chief medical officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw said Monday that she was notified over the weekend of a "small number" of schools with COVID-19 cases or exposures in staff, but she did not elaborate.The Peace River School Division, northwest of Edmonton, posted a notice on its website saying it was delaying the start of its school year until after Labour Day to give teachers more time to get used to safety protocols, plan for at-home learning and to ensure there are enough caretakers and supplies in schools. The Alberta government cancelled kindergarten-to-Grade-12 classes in mid-March as COVID-19 began to spread in the community.The province had 1,398 active cases as of Tuesday with 164 new infections. Both Kenney and Hinshaw have said the risk of spread in schools has to be balanced against the significant harms of keeping kids home indefinitely.Under Alberta's school reopening plan, staff and students in grades 4 to 12 must cover their faces when they're in common and shared indoor areas where physical distancing cannot be maintained, like hallways and buses.The rules are eased for classrooms so that masks don't get in the way of learning and communication.Education Minister Adriana LaGrange is to announce Wednesday how $260 million in federal money for schools is to be spent. Kenney said suggestions that the money should go toward cutting class sizes to allow for more physical distancing are unrealistic. He estimated such a proposal would cost $4 billion."The proposals to reduce class sizes in half are actually proposals to keep the schools shut," he said."We appreciate the additional federal funding, but there is no world in which you could reduce class sizes in half and reopen the schools for the current school year ... It's simply fictitious. It has nothing to do with reality."Jason Schilling, president of the Alberta Teachers' Association, said Kenney's cost estimate is inflated, and the group is not advocating for reducing class sizes by half."What we would like to see are more resources and supports provided to school divisions and principals so they have more opportunities to reduce the size of our largest classes, especially at the upper grades," he said in a statement."Too many teachers are already reporting class size assignments in the mid-to-high 30s."— With files from Bill GravelandThis report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 1, 2020Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press
Fifty-one experts are calling on the Ontario minister of natural resources and forestry to provide a scientific explanation for a province-wide hunt on double-crested cormorants that is slated to begin within two weeks.In an open letter to John Yakabuski, dated on Tuesday, the experts raise concerns about the hunt, saying it is not based on science, the province has failed to indicate what population of cormorants it considers desirable and it will not require hunters to report the numbers of birds they have killed.The letter says "targeted, localized management approaches" should be adopted instead of a hunt and it calls on the minister and ministry to provide a "science-based, detailed and peer-reviewed approach" to resolve conflicts with cormorants."A hunt is not the approach that should be utilized to ensure maintaining a sustainable population of cormorants in Ontario," reads the letter.Cormorants are aquatic, fish-eating birds that came close to being endangered a century ago, but their populations have since rebounded. The province has said the hunt is necessary because the birds deplete fish stocks and their droppings damage trees. Toronto's Tommy Thompson Park is said to have one of the largest cormorant populations in North America.In a statement, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry spokesperson Maimoona Dinani said the province has been hearing concerns from property owners, commercial fishers and hunters and anglers about the kind of damage cormorants have caused their communities."So the ministry is taking steps to help them deal with any local issues," Dinani said. "Cormorants prey on fish, eating a pound a day. Research shows they can impact some fish stocks."Dinani also said the birds can damage trees they nest and roost in, while their droppings can kill trees and destroy traditional nesting habitats for other water birds."Ontario currently has a healthy and sustainable cormorant population. The ministry will continue to monitor the double-crested cormorant population status and trends to support sustainability of cormorants in the province."Experts who signed the letter include ecologists, fisheries scientists and natural resources managers from Canada and the U.S. Thirty-eight of them have PhDs.Gail Fraser, a York University professor in the faculty of environmental and urban change who put together and signed the letter, said on Tuesday that the Ontario government has failed to look at cormorants in their complexity and is allowing the hunt to appease some members of the public who do not like the birds."The point of the letter is to express our concern that the ministry is undertaking a cormorant hunt that has no scientific basis to it. We're asking them to stop the hunt and come up with a plan that's based on science," Fraser said.Fraser said a management plan is needed that uses existing literature, studies and best practices on cormorants."We think there is no science that backs that a hunt should be used for this species," she said.Such a management plan should be justified, explain where its activities will take place, have specific goals, indicate how it will resolve conflicts with cormorants and identify which fisheries might be at risk, she said."It's not good enough to just say they damage trees," she said."It's completely irresponsible and it's a mismanagement of the species," she said. "A provincial wide hunt is a huge mistake."Asked where the hunt will be allowed to take place, Dinani said that many municipalities have bylaws that restrict the discharge of firearms within their boundaries for public safety."For example, both Toronto and Hamilton have a no discharge of weapon by-law within city limits."Hunters with licences allowed to kill up to 15 birds a dayThe letter says the hunt fails to abide by two of seven principles of the North American model of wildlife conservation. According to one principle, wildlife should be killed for legitimate purposes, and according to another, scientific management is the proper way to conserve wildlife.The birds will not be eaten after they are killed.The Ontario ministry announced the hunt on July 31, calling it a "fall harvest," and said it will allow a hunter with an outdoors card and small game licence to kill up to 15 birds a day from Sept. 15 to Dec. 31. Hunters will be allowed to shoot the birds from stationary motorboats."The harvest will help address concerns about impacts to local ecosystems by cormorants, a bird that preys on fish, eating a pound a day, and that can damage trees in which they nest and roost," the ministry said in a July 31 news release when it announced the hunt.Ontario should manage species with U.S., letter saysThe letter continues: "Cormorants are a species native to Ontario. A significant amount of financial resources was invested in creating a healthier environment which allowed them to recover; their abundance is a conservation success story."To ensure the species doesn't become endangered again, the province needs to manage the population of cormorants by using the best wildlife management practices and by monitoring their populations carefully, with the help of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the letter says.By failing to require hunters to report the number of birds they have killed, the province will be unable to coordinate its management efforts with the USFWS, and there will be no data on the numbers of species killed that look similar to cormorants, the letter says. These species include the common loon.According to the letter, a "science-based, detailed and peer-reviewed approach" would include: * Data on Ontario's cormorant population, such as the number of breeding birds and colonies. * An estimate of how the population will respond to "targeted localized management actions" to ensure a sustainable population. * Detailed rationales and objectives for proposed localized management activities. * An explanation on how the ministry will coordinate with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in managing cormorants.The ministry estimates there are a minimum of 143,000 breeding cormorants in 344 colonies.But, according to the letter, if only 0.5 per cent of small game hunters reached the daily limit for 10 days, the hunt would allow the number of birds killed to exceed the province's estimated breeding population. There are an estimated 197,000 registered small game hunters and only 143,000 cormorants in Ontario.Petition opposed to hunt garners over 3,900 signaturesMeanwhile, a change.org petition opposed to the hunt and organized by Toronto artist Cole Swanson has collected more than 3,900 signatures. "The results of this hunt could be disastrous for both the populations of cormorants in the province, but also for birds of similar appearance," the petition reads, listing several species of loon and two species of cormorant that are rarely seen in Ontario."Until the scientific rigour demanded herein is demonstrated, plans for a hunt must cease," it adds.
Here's a vivid illustration of the axiom that, on any given day, any political controversy in Canada has an equivalent in the United States that just happens to be bigger.In this case, much, much bigger. And taller. And a few dozen tonnes heavier.This latest example comes just as Canadians are reacting to protesters in Montreal toppling a statue of the country's first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, over his treatment and policies toward Indigenous people.A working group in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday recommended renaming, removing or recontextualizing a variety of monuments in the city, including one gargantuan one destined to grab attention: the Washington Monument.That's the 74,000-tonne obelisk, 169 metres tall, that towers over the skyline of a world capital — a world capital, it so happens, named for George Washington.The first American president was not just a revolutionary hero who later established a centuries-long tradition of peacefully relinquishing democratic power.He also owned slaves. He even paid slaves for their teeth.Group asked to consider city's modern valuesTuesday's report came weeks after Mayor Muriel Bowser asked the working group to study government-owned facilities and determine whether their names reflected the city's modern values."Public buildings, monuments and spaces must reflect D.C.'s current values, not those from centuries ago," said the mayor's adviser, Beverly Perry, when the group was announced in July."As our values and cultural understandings change over time, our commemorative symbols must change to portray our values."A major difference with what occurred in Montreal is that this development is happening through a democratic process.The working group in Washington held a virtual town hall with 275 participants and received online feedback from more than 2,300 people, during which 63 per cent of respondents expressed a desire for some changes to the names of public monuments.Not happening soonIts report concluded that of 3,050 properties in the U.S. capital, 153 had problematic names.It recommended that a number of local properties such as schools be renamed — including those named after presidents Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence and also a slave-owner, and Woodrow Wilson; telephone inventor Alexander Graham Bell; Francis Scott Key, author of The Star-Spangled Banner; and founding father Benjamin Franklin. Franklin actually denounced slavery later in life, but earlier on he owned slaves and ran slavery ads in his newspaper.Changing federal properties is far more difficult than renaming schools. So don't count on the Washington Monument being toppled, renamed or rebranded any time soon. Campaign issue for TrumpThe paper urged the mayor to use her seat on the U.S. National Capital Memorial Advisory Commission, a mostly federal body, to convince the federal government to rename, relocate or add new context to several federal assets.Those assets include a Christopher Columbus fountain, a famous statue of ex-president Andrew Jackson near the White House and monuments to Jefferson and Washington.The Washington Post reported that the recontextualizing likely means a plaque or other marker at federal monuments.The mayor said she would study the document."They have delivered the report, and I look forward to reviewing and advancing their recommendations," Bowser tweeted.Heated debates over statues have escalated in the U.S. in recent years, triggered primarily by the growing opposition to Confederate monuments. The deadly 2017 protest in Charlottesville, Va. was sparked by white supremacists and defenders of Confederate general Robert E. Lee protesting plans to remove Lee's statue in Virginia.U.S. President Donald Trump has brushed off demands to remove Confederate monuments and called it a slippery slope. "I wonder, is it George Washington next week?" he said in 2017. The debate about historical commemoration has spread to other figures and grown in other countries.The Washington working group paper noted that more than 70 per cent of assets named in the District of Columbia are named after white men, many of whom were not local residents.The current demographics of the U.S. capital are far more diverse — with an even split of 46 per cent white and 46 per cent Black. In its report, the group recommended that future memorials include more women, people of colour, LGBTQ people and Washingtonians.The Trump campaign and conservative voices seized on Tuesday's news as an example of left-wing radicalism, which has become a central tenet of the president's re-election message.By the end of the day Tuesday, the White House issued a statement blasting the city for even considering removing the monuments."The radically liberal mayor of Washington, D.C., is repeating the same left-wing narrative used to incite dangerous riots: demolishing our history and destroying our great heritage," it said."As long as President Trump is in the White House, the mayor's irresponsible recommendations will go absolutely nowhere, and as the mayor of our nation's capital city — a city that belongs to the American people — she ought to be ashamed for even suggesting them for consideration."
South Florida DJ and music producer Erick Morillo was found dead at his home Tuesday morning, weeks after being charged with sexual battery, authorities said. Miami Beach police officers found the 49-year-old Morillo's body after responding to a 911 call, police spokesman Ernesto Rodriguez said in an email. Morillo has won several awards at the DJ Awards, including Best International DJ.
Yukon University shut down its Whitehorse campus on the first day of class Tuesday afternoon, after learning two students did not self-isolate after crossing the territorial border and moving into residence.The students did not have symptoms and are now isolating in a government facility, said communications coordinator Michael Vernon. The campus is closed to students for 48 hours, he said, and expected to re-open on Friday. Most Yukon University classes are online this semester, however, and will not be affected.The chief medical officer has told the university the risk of COVID-19 infection is low, said Vernon. The students had crossed the Yukon border in the previous 24 hours, he said, before compliance officers contacted them."Over the next two days we're going to be tracing the movement and the interactions of those students," Vernon said. Students in residence were asked to "restrict their movements" during the shutdown. The Whitehorse campus was already fairly empty before the shutdown, as students trickled in to pick up ID cards on Monday."I don't think you'd be able to meet or interact with a lot of people," said Sophia Eze, who moved into campus residence from Calgary. Every second dorm room is empty — and all her classes are online.There are restrictions on visiting other dorm rooms and having friends over. There were no icebreaker games or back-to-class barbeque. Instead, students got links to Orientation videos."In a normal year ... this would be just a buzz of activities," said Janet Welch, vice president Academic and Student Services, on Monday. "Just a lot quieter this year."Students on campus had mixed feelings about online learning. "I'm so nervous about it," said Melissa Davis, a third-year teaching student.As the mom of two little boys, Davis says doing class at home this spring, "was like trying to focus with a wrestling ring in my living room."Miranda Amos almost didn't go back to university this term."It feels sad and different," said Amos, who loves the social aspect of university."It'll be a challenge ... but I'm excited for that challenge."Sparsh Arora, who works at the university as a 2nd year business administration student, said he's happy to do class online."If I'm safe, that's what my first preference would be," he said.The former Yukon College officially became a university earlier this year. Yukon University is one of several post-secondary institutions moving class online amid the COVID-19 pandemic.Once it reopens, students can still go to campus for wifi and supports. There are no meals for sale, so the cafeteria has been converted into a hub for student services.Six-foot spacers line the floor and library staff wear masks. Browsing the library bookstacks is not allowed, and books will be quarantined for a few days after they're returned.Some courses will be in-person with reduced class size, like science labs, trades shop and art studio class. Those classes will be rescheduled while campus is closed.Instructor Stephen Biggin-Pound says adapting courses for online was a time-consuming challenge."It requires re-thinking what the course is and how we're going to deliver it," he said. "We don't want to do Zoom lectures all the time."Biggin-Pound said his main concern was student access to wifi and the right technology.Some students were also worried about learning in a virtual environment."Having everything online is just going to make everything more difficult to understand," said Eze.Plus, she said, it'll be harder to talk one-on-one with peers in class.Welch did not say when in-person classes might resume, but said university classes will be online for the remainder of the semester. She said they will move "as quickly as possible" when face-to-face classes can resume.The university projects a 15 per cent drop in enrolment over the 2020/2021 school year.Tuition remains the same this year, Welch said, although on-campus fees won't be charged. She says developing online classes takes about 10 times more upfront work, and these courses will be "comparable" to in-class learning.Yukon grade schools are already back to the classroom. Davis says she feels a little jealous of her 8-year-old son."If my kid can go back to school as a guinea pig I feel like I should also be able to go back to the college and be in class in person," she said.But first-year student Eric Snider sees an advantage to studying online in Yukon: "When the winter comes and gets really cold, I won't have to come back into class."
U.S. President Donald Trump made a controversial visit to Kenosha, Wis., on Tuesday in the aftermath of the police shooting of Jacob Blake. CBC senior correspondent Susan Ormiston is on the ground and unpacks the mounting conflict between the fight against racial injustice and the presidential race.
President Donald Trump's reelection campaign and the Republican Party sued Montana on Wednesday after Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock gave counties the choice to conduct the November election entirely by mail amid the coronavirus pandemic. The lawsuit alleges Bullock's directive would dilute the integrity of Montana's election system. The legal challenge is the latest attempt by Trump to block mail-in voting, which he has claimed without proof would lead to widespread fraud.
A family business operating out of the Saddle Lake Cree Nation, around 125 kilometres northeast of Edmonton, is finding success creating personal protective equipment that draws on Indigenous culture.The Redcrow family started Kanatan Health Solutions, whose name roughly translates from Plains Cree to mean pure and clean, this summer. "I felt that if I could do one thing to contribute to the cause during the pandemic, it would be providing protection for Indigenous elders and people to avoid pestilence," Leah Redcrow said during an interview Tuesday with CBC's Edmonton AM.Redcrow began making her own hand sanitizer in April at a time when it was a scarce commodity. She spent about a month and a half doing research and looking at different chemical compositions. With a background in cosmetology, Redcrow also aimed to make sure the final product was easy on the skin.The eventual result was a line of hand sanitizer spray using medical-grade isoprophyl alcohol and featuring the comforting scents of plants at the centre of Cree traditions: sweetgrass, cedar, sage and sweet tobacco. Redcrow says she wanted something that would make people comfortable and remind them of protection and cleansing."Because that's what we utilize the plants for," she said.The packaging is also written in French, English and Cree syllabic. Redcrow says including Cree served to promote Indigenous languages to children or people who use it and to cater to elders who would recognize the script."All the elders that I've given it to loved it," she said. "I actually converted my mother into a hand sanitizer user and she would never, ever even think about using hand sanitizer."More PPE to comeWith the success of its hand sanitizer spray, Kanatan Health Solutions has expanded its lineup. It is producing patterned masks and is looking at creating a line of disinfecting wipes."Those will also have an essence of traditional … ways of life for Cree people," Redcrow said. "So wild plants or our traditional flora that grows locally."Tasha Power, Redcrow's sister who helped found the company, says they've received an overwhelmingly positive response since starting up."Some people are so touched that they're brought to tears by our mission, our vision and what we're trying to do for Indigenous people in Canada," she said.But Power notes the products are for everyone."We want to share our culture as well. We want to promote it and share it as much as possible."
Former Windsor cab driver Fadi Nizam recently sold his taxi as he was struggling to get fares. Even with businesses, bars and restaurants having re-opened in Stage 3, cab drivers told CBC News that fares are fewer and further between as compared to other years and that makes it harder to make ends meet. "We cannot survive from driving cab anymore," said Nizam. Nizam said they have already lost fares because of the fact that the border is closed, meaning virtually no tourists are in town.He added that usually they also see a lot of business from Caesar's Casino with employees needing rides, but that has remained closed. Now, he said, they are being hit again because most university programs are being held online, which means students won't be in the area. "[Normally] we are slow like in July and August," he said. "But usually things change up at the last week of August... business start picking up, like last year, but this year — it doesn't look like its gonna pick up." Nazim is looking at other opportunities, adding that the job is not worth the more than $500 he has to spend weekly to keep his car on the road."You put eight hours or nine hours on the road — you can hardly survive," he said.For the customersDriver Andom Gabrzgie is sticking with it but he said he is struggling to pay for the lease on his car.Right now, for him, it's about keeping the business alive and keeping customers satisfied, even if he's left waiting for the customers to call in."Sometimes, I just stay in the car one hour, two hours — no trip," he said.He said while it is difficult, he still enjoys the fact that he can provide a service to people who need it."What makes me satisfied is that there's so many senior citizen, people [who] don't have a car, people who don't use Visa to pay for Uber," he said. "They expect our service, so when I give them service it satisfies me."
Schools in Ottawa's largest board are getting ready for a surge in students and the risk of viral transmission during the global pandemic. Many aspects of school have changed to limit the spread of COVID-19 — there's more distance around teachers, water fountains are for refilling bottles only, younger kids work behind Plexiglas and hallways are marked with new directional signs.CBC requested a tour inside an Ottawa school before the start of class but the OCDSB declined, saying staff were too busy preparing for back to school. Grade 9 students are set to head back to class Sept. 8 and 9, while the youngest elementary students are scheduled to begin class in mid-September.Rather than provide CBC access to buildings ahead of time, the OCDSB provided videos and photos inside Broadview, Sir Robert Borden and Orléans Wood schools.
Tima Kurdi, aunt to two boys who drowned in the Mediterranean Sea after a boat loaded with Syrians capsized on the way to Greece, is launching a campaign on the fifth anniversary of the boys' deaths to help a German organization aiding refugee children.The death of her nephew three-year-old Alan Kurdi made international headlines after a photograph of his lifeless body on a Turkish beach was taken on Sept. 2, 2015. It shone a light on the plight of refugees displace by civil war in Syria.The bodies of his older brother, five-year-old Ghalib, and their mother Rehanna were found a few hundred metres away.Sea-Eye, a German non-governmental humanitarian organization, has already named a refugee rescue Alan Kurdi and announced plans Tuesday at a news conference in Regensburg, Germany, to buy a second vessel to be named after Ghalib.Tima Kurdi, who lives in Coquitlam, B.C., is in Germany for the launch of the campaign to raise funds to operate rescue boats. She is also the author of a book about the tragic events called The Boy on the Beach. She says the situation for refugees attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea has not improved since the death of her brother's wife and his two children."It took us one image. The image of the boy on the beach, Alan Kurdi, to move us to be human. Five years later, today, people all over the world continue to suffer. And it's getting worse, not any better. And they're asking for help," said Kurdi.Of Syria's 17 million people, 5.5 million are living as refugees within the region, mostly in Turkey, and a further six million are uprooted within their own country.Sea-Eye says more than 20,000 refugees including young children have lost their lives attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea and enter Europe.Kurdi urged world leaders to act to help end the war in her home country of Syria."It's the only way we can have a stronger voice and put a human life before money and politics. We can bring the world to peace again. It's all up to us to end it. That's why I will not, we will not, stop saving life at the sea and let even more people drown," said Kurdi.
Parents are once again trying to figure out plans for their kids after Ottawa's largest public board pushed back the start date for elementary and remote learners.Malaka Hendela, a parent and co-chair of the Ottawa-Carleton Assembly of School Councils, said she was caught off guard by the delay. Her son is heading into Grade 4."If you don't have options, how are we going to make this work? And I realized quickly that lots of other people are having similar concerns," she said.The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) sent a letter to parents on Monday evening announcing elementary students will begin the week of Sept. 14, a week later than high school students. All remote learners, regardless of grade, start Sept. 18. "While we know that extending the start is a frustration certainly for our families and our students," said OCDSB director of education Camille Williams-Taylor in an interview with CBC Tuesday, "we also recognize that putting into place all of the structures needed to ensure safety, good routines ... are going to take a little bit of time."The schools also need that time to begin collapsing classrooms which means students who opted for remote learning in elementary schools won't be leaving behind smaller classes, but rather force the amalgamation of classes, in order to maintain provincial funding.Funding continues to be based on number of students in each class, according to the Ontario Public School Boards' Association.Hendela says parents sending kids to classrooms expecting smaller classes because of students who are opting for remote learning will be disappointed."That message is only now trickling out to the broader community," said Hendela. "They're going to be collapsing classes together, and we don't know what that's going to look like. I don't know how many kids are going to be in my son's class."There are no caps on class sizes for Grades 4 to 8, only an overall average of 24.5, which means some classes could be as large as 30 or more.She said class sizes and the delayed start are the two biggest issues parents are grappling with now, with no confidence that plans won't change again. "There's a lot of anxiety — are we making the right choice?" said Neelam Charania who has two children going into grades 1 and 3 at Half Moon Bay Public School.The principal has promised a peek into how the school will look, she said, since parents won't be allowed in, but she has concerns about how they will deal with classroom sizes."It's hard knowing that public health is recommending social distancing and we have an crowded school and we don't know how they're going to accommodate that." As for the school delay, she understands that some parents are having a hard time making new arrangements for kids, but she says for her, the staggered start is a positive signal that schools are really trying to make things as safe as possible."Honestly, I feel for them," said Charania, about efforts by staff and teachers, "I feel for how little time they have had to come up with a plan and so if they need an extra two weeks, I think that's time well spent."OCDSB trustee Justine Bell, who is sending her child into senior kindergarten this year, empathizes with parents who feel like the ground is constantly shifting.Bell sat through hours of virtual school board meetings grappling with new information from the province, sometimes even as the meeting was taking place. She said she has been impressed with staff's work to make sure the right plan is in place, but she also continues to have questions, particularly about the new commitment to the more under-resourced schools in the city."I'm hopeful that that means smaller classes, especially for our most vulnerable," said Bell,"I'm hopeful that that means traditionally marginalized communities get the resources they need so that they are not hurt further by the current situation we find ourselves in today."
The Federal Aviation Administration and the FBI said Tuesday they are investigating reports from airline pilots that someone was flying in a jetpack as they approached Los Angeles International Airport to land last weekend. The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday that the FBI has launched an investigation. FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller told the Times that agents at the airport were investigating after the pilot reported the incident to the control tower.
Ernie Daniels reflects on the residential school system legacy and how he feels now that the school he went to has been named a National Historic Site.